The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children

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Theresa Perry, Lisa D. Delpit
Beacon Press, 1998 - Education - 227 pages
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When the Oakland school board issued a resolution calling for schools to acknowledge the reality of black English in the classroom, a huge national outcry and media frenzy arose. The debate about "Ebonics" made national headlines, quickly became politicized and divisive, opened wounds about ra ce, then faded from public consciousness.

But in the classrooms of America, the question of how to engage the distinctive language of many African-American children remains urgent. In The Real Ebonics Debate, some of our most important progressive educators, linguists, and writers, as well as teachers and students reporting from the field, examine the lessons of the Ebonics controversy and unravel the complexities of the issue, covering realities never acknowledged by the media. They discuss the meaning of th e political debate; they think through the detailed dynamics of teacher-student interaction; and they give wonderfully precise linguistic insight into the structure and uses of African-American English—from colloquial speech to the literary voice of Toni Morrison.

The Real Ebonics Debate cuts to the heart of how America educates African-American children. It will have immediate and enduring value for anyone thinking about race and schools.
  

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Contents

Reflections on the Ebonics Debate
3
Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction
17
WHAT IS EBONICS?
27
What It Be Like?
29
If Ebonics Isnt a Language Then Tell Me What is? pace James Baldwin 1979
38
What Is Black English? What Is Ebonics?
49
An Interview with Linguist John Rickford
59
If Black English Isnt a Language Then Tell Me What Is?
67
Ebonics Resolution Revisions
146
The Oakland Policy Statement
148
Recommendations of the Task Force on Educating AfricanAmerican Students
151
What Is the Standard English Proficiency Program?
154
Oakland Superintendent Responds to Critics of the Ebonics Policy
156
Linguistics Society of America Resolution on Ebonics
160
King in Perspective
163
An Interview with Oakland School Board Member Toni Cook
172

Myths and Realities
71
CLASSROOM IMPLICATIONS
77
Embracing Ebonics and Teaching Standard English An Interview with Oakland Teacher Carrie Secret
79
An AnteBellum Sermon
89
The Seeding
93
Literature from Childrens Roots
94
An Interview with Oakland High School English Teacher Hafeezah Adamadavia Dalji
105
Teaching Teachers about Black Communications
117
Ebonics Speakers and Cultural Linguistic and Political Test Bias
126
Roots of Oppression Through Omission
134
THE OAKLAND RESOLUTION
141
The Oakland Ebonics Resolution
143
An Oakland Student Speaks Out
181
An Interview with Activist Isaac Taggert
182
PERSONAL ESSAYS
187
Acquiring BilingualBicultural Fluency in a Segregated Southern Community
189
Steppin Up? Lookin Back
197
RESOURCES ON EBONICS
205
CLARIFYING TERMINOLOGY
208
NOTES AND REFERENCES
211
CONTRIBUTORS
221
CREDITS
224
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
226
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About the author (1998)

Theresa Perry is associate professor and vice president for community relations at Wheelock College in Boston. Lisa Delpit is the Benjamin E. Mays Professor of Urban Educational Leadership at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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